TIFF UN/CUT: How David Cronenberg makes a movie
Talking transformation, gestation, terror, and... financing, with a Canadian filmmaking master
Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this weekend, which makes now a perfect time to look back at some of this country's greatest cinematic achievements — and as our Canada on Screen list attests, David Cronenberg is responsible for a good share of them. A director whose signature genre of body horror has inspired legions of filmmakers (including Stephen Dunn and Morgan Spurlock), Cronenberg has gone from critically reviled "Baron of Blood" to Canada’s most internationally acclaimed filmmaker over the course of his five-decade career. He's received prizes at the Berlin and Cannes film festivals, the Legion d’honneur from the French government, and a whole host of domestic honours: he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1999, made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006, and a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2014. In 2013, TIFF paid homage to Cronenberg’s remarkable body of work with the original exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution, which has subsequently toured the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
As a Canada Day tribute to this living legend — who was still making movies at age 74 — we've unearthed a 2014 onstage talk at TIFF between Cronenberg and two of his key collaborators, producer Jeremy Thomas and makeup and special effects designer Stephan Dupuis. You can listen to the full TIFF Uncut podcast below — and if you're feeling festive this weekend, what better way to celebrate our country’s sesquicentennial than with a free screening of Cronenberg's Videodrome, part of a Canada on Screen movie marathon on July 1 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.